Benoit B. was heading east towards central Paris with his girlfriend Gaelle L. in the opposite direction to the
Mercedes and heard the noise of tires screeching and then a little impact. He too was interviewed within hours
of the crash and seemed to have a clear view of the last seconds… “I saw in the opposite lane two vehicles. The
first, a dark colored saloon, accelerated brutally at the moment the Mercedes, that was following in the same
lane, the right lane, lost control. I saw it slide, strike a pillar-then spin around and hit the wall to end up facing in
the opposite direction. I think the Mercedes was driving very fast and struck the saloon and lost control.” Benoit
says a motorcycle or a Vespa then slowed down and then accelerated past the crashed car.
Gaelle thought the saloon was a Renault Clio or Super 5 and that it was driving rather slowly. “it hindered the
Mercedes, which was coming at high speed.” Gaelle was not sure whether the two vehicles made contact but
the couple’s testimony of a dark car playing some role in the accident could not be shaken by the detective.
Gaelle said that the little car accelerated on seeing the crash. “ I don’t know what became of it, perhaps no one
will ever know.”
A British lawyer Gary Hunter told the Sunday Times newspaper that he saw a fleeing car from the window of his
third floor hotel room less than an hundred meters from the crash at the Alma tunnel. “ I went to the window and
saw people running towards the tunnel “ Seconds later he saw a small dark car turning from the area by the
tunnel exit and roaring down the rue Jean Goujon, the street below his hotel and one leading directly to the
British Embassy in Paris. “ My own feeling is that these people were in a hurry not to be there, I am confident
that car was getting off the scene. It looked quite sinister, I can’t recall the type of car but it was a small dark
vehicle. It could have been a Fiat Uno or a Renault and the car was being shadowed by a second car, a white
Mercedes—(yet another tantalizing and untraced vehicle).”
[Taken from: Who Killed Diana? –A Vision Investigation by Peter Hounam and Derek McAdam].
(Do check the credentials of these men. Quite impressive!)
First people near the scene of the
crash. The man on the left is
supposedly a photographer by the
name of Arnal. However, it is the car to
the right which is most interesting. It
seems there may be two people in the
car, one in the front seat and one in
the back. Who are they? Have the
investigators spoken to them as
possible witnesses? Why would
someone just drive away from such a
serious accident without pausing to
offer aid? Could this be the dark car
mentioned in many accounts of eye
Unknown off duty fireman? Have
they ascertained his identity as of
the car before
Note the relatively good condition of
the rear of the vehicle immediately
after the crash. Appears that there
would be no need to cut Diana out of
the car as claimed in some reports as
to why it took so long to get her to the
hospital after the impact. Note too in
photos below that emergency workers
have the door where Diana was wide
open and are administering to her.
Cars and Tunnel
Leaving the Ritz
What a mess!
Conditions behind the
Ritz near the door
where Diana and Dodi
Diana waiting for the Mercedes to be driven to the back entrance of the Ritz Hotel for departure and clearly displaying
anxiousness verifying her point that she, in agreement with Mohamed al - Fayed, had wanted to them remain in the
hotel that night.
Dodi deciding instead that they return to his Parisian apartment following the advice from the Deputy Head Hotel
Security Henri - Paul who was perhaps advised by people unknown who he met with earlier that same night, and now
assumed to have been Secret Service Operatives, who might have instructed him to direct Dodi in making this
decision knowing full well that it would be an opinion listened to and acted upon by him!
Diana's own female intuition perhaps warning her something wasn't right in the sudden change of plans made by her
boyfriend but with her primary thoughts being about returning to London the next day and seeing her boys again
before school term started, one tragically not given full focus of attention by her that night !
Mohamed al Fayed's tribute to his son
Dodi and to Diana. Found in Harrod's,
the store owned by Mr. Fayed.
Certainly says it all.
Interpretation of the circumstances of the Assassination in Paris August 31st 1997
It is a well documented fact that Princess Diana's Mercedes slammed into the thirteenth pillar of the tunnel before
bouncing off and smashing into the wall like a pinball; the narrow confinement and speeds involved increased the
chances of fatalities.
Here's my take on what happened:
1. Just before entering the tunnel the mysterious car in front of the Mercedes starts braking dangerously alarming
Henri Paul who accelerates and veers to the left to overtake it. This was actually what the plotters desired, to get the
Mercedes in the left lane.
2. The powerful motorbike with the two riders cuts off Brenda Wells preventing her from entering the tunnel at this
crucial point (the fewer witnesses the better). The motorbike then surges forwards and quickly catches up with the
Mercedes, squeezes between the Mercedes and the central pillars of the tunnel before pulling slightly ahead and
swerving suddenly and dangerously to the right.
3. At this point Henri Paul, like most anybody else, would instinctively steer the Mercedes left to avoid the motorbike.
But just at that moment the rider on the back of the motorbike used a laser strobe light which illuminated the
previously dark tunnel with a brilliant white flash that blinded Henri Paul and everyone else in the Mercedes.
4. After the flash from the strobe light Henri Paul was temporarily and completely blinded but the image of the
motorbike dangerously close in front on the right of the Mercedes would have been engraved in his mind so he would
have continued his leftward drift towards the center of the tunnel in hopes of avoiding the bike. At this stage
witnesses tell of hearing a loud bang! Could this have been a remote-controlled detonation that completely
incapacitated the controls of the Mercedes effectively rendering all navigation impossible?
5. Henri Paul, despite being blinded, probably tried to make navigational corrections to ensure that the Mercedes
somehow didn't slam into that concrete pillars in the center of the tunnel…and this is where the Fiat Uno came into
play. This was the same car witnessed by Souad Mouffakir and her husband, who were in the tunnel at the time,
moments before and after the crash. According to them the Fiat Uno had come from behind accelerating very rapidly
and closing up to them as though it were about to overtake, but instead slowed down parallel to their car (inches
away) almost as if the driver was waiting for something.
He was waiting for Princess Diana's Mercedes.
The Fiat Uno's job was probably to ram the Mercedes ensuring that it collided with the column of the tunnel; in fact
such a scenario pretty much reflects what Mouffakir said she saw. So in essence the Fiat Uno was the insurance
policy…the finisher as it were. The job of the Fiat Uno driver was to make certain that the Mercedes slammed into the
6. The dozen or so men seen loitering in the tunnel moments before the crash by record producer Jacques Morel,
were probably the clean-up crew. Their task was to tidy up the loose ends and make sure the scene reflected the
accident scenario they had gone to great lengths to create.
In all likelihood one of those men was the individual seen by a number of witnesses leaping out of the wreckage of
the Mercedes as they got closer. He could have well been the man who removed Henri Paul's head of the blaring
horn and this could also have been the very individual who introduced the lethal levels of carbon monoxide as well as
alcohol found in Henri Paul's bloodstream (to make the accident look like the mistake of a drunk)!
The rest of the clean-up crew were probably involved in crowd control and quite likely employed to add more
confusion to an already confused scene. Indeed witnesses Mike Walker, Tom Richardson and Joanna Luz were
discouraged from entering the tunnel immediately after the crash by a man screaming the car was going to explode
(hmmm…sounds like crowd control to me.) Some witnesses also claim there was an individual dressed as a fireman
on scene well before emergency vehicles arrived!
Stanley Culbreath a tourist from the US described the inordinately long delay before anyone tried to free Princess
Diana. Of the one policeman he saw there, this is what he had to say: "It was at least 15 minutes before an
ambulance arrived and the one policeman who was there made no attempt to help anyone who was in that wreck…"
Those men seen loitering about the tunnel a few minutes before the crash certainly had their roles figured out. Some
of them probably changed into police uniforms and other emergency /fire crew uniforms to discourage anyone from
attempting to help the victims (classic crowd control)